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Lead Service Line Inventory Underway


The City of Littlefork is pleased to announce that a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) grant has been provided to conduct a lead service line inventory, now required of all city water systems. A service line is the pipe connecting the water main to the interior plumbing of a building.  While service lines are made of various materials such as copper or PVC, lead service lines were commonly used prior to the 1986 federal ban, made effective on June 19, 1988.  Over the course of the next few months, City staff will be working with SEH, the City’s selected engineer, to develop a lead service line inventory.  This will involve documenting every service line’s material and location by reviewing historical records and giving residents the opportunity to either identify their own service line or allow City and SEH staff to inspect their service lines.  There is no safe level of lead, and developing lead service line inventory is the first step toward replacing any lead service lines in the City’s water system.  

Residents will receive notice in the mail with the next steps and information regarding service line identification options.

Thank you for participating in this important and necessary endeavor.